LinkedIn Looks to Erase the Stigma Associated With Career Breaks in Resumes

New options enable members to share the reasons for them and add context

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LinkedIn is giving its members a way to explain “gaps” in their resume with its addition of a career break option in the Experience section.

The professional network said members will be able to choose from a range of options to describe their career break—including career transition, caregiving, full-time parenting, health and wellbeing—and add context.



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A LinkedIn spokesperson said, “It’s time to normalize career breaks and for employers to accept that professionals today want flexibility without worry that a career break will negatively impact their trajectory,” adding that its research found that 53% of women have left or would consider leaving a job due to a lack of flexible work policies, and noting, “In many cases, it’s your off-your-resume experience that truly gets to the heart of your passions, gifts and strengths and brings unique value at work.”

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